Foreign Press Review #8 (16.05-22.05)

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Last week the American Schools of Oriental Research said that Russia had set up a military base in Palmyra, which the Russian Ministry of Defense immediately disproved claiming that available satellite images show a temporary camp of Russian experts demining the vicinities of Palmyra. A claim by the former deputy commander of NATO, former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff that the West is on the verge of a nuclear war with Russia also featured prominently in Western media last week. According to the general, the events in Crimea destroyed the post-Cold War world order and paved the way for a direct conflict which can begin as early as next year. The Western media has again payed special attention to latest accusations of state-sponsored doping in Russia during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and calls to ban Russian athletes from the 2016 Olympic Games.